A first-offense DUI (driving under the influence) conviction in New Mexico generally results in a fine, driver’s license suspension, and community service. A number of factors can affect sentencing, but this article addresses the possible penalties for a first DUI in New Mexico.
When conducting DUI investigations, officers often request that the driver take a breath or blood test to determine blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or the amount of drugs in the driver’s system. The results are frequently used by prosecutors to prove a DUI in court. But happens if you refuse testing?
In New Mexico, it’s illegal to drink alcohol or possess open containers of alcohol in a motor vehicle, subject to some exceptions. Read about the specifics, including the penalties for an open container ticket.
Sobriety checkpoints are constitutional in New Mexico when conducted with in predetermined guidelines. Perhaps the most important guideline is that the police must publicize the checkpoints ahead of time.